Lomopedia: Konica Wai Wai

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Wide-angle shooters will surely like this one. Made to be a disposable camera, the modification-ready Konica Wai Wai has made many film photography enthusiasts swoon with its distinctive wide-angle shooting and remarkable effects. Read on to find out more about this peculiar-looking camera in this installment of Lomopedia.

We know that the *LC-Wide* has plucked at the heartstrings of many analogue lovers. Its crowing glory? Its ultra-wide 17mm Minigon lens yields wide-angle shots that are crisp and filled with analogue effects. The cute and curious-looking Konica Wai Wai has a similar story to tell.

Konica Wai Wai super wide-angle camera Images via Lomography, Do-Did-Done Blog, and Moominsean Blog

The Konica Wai Wai is a disposable 35mm film camera manufactured between 2003-2004 and 2006-2007. It is a wide-angle camera that is suitable for panoramic shots. It has a built-in flash for low-light conditions and a fixed shutter speed and aperture settings.

This camera was famous for its wide-angle photos and remarkable lo-fi effects like vignetting and light flares. The Wai Wai also has a mirror in front of the camera to accommodate self-portraits at arm’s length.
Users can actually reuse the camera with a little modification. The simple mechanics of the camera made it easy to modify with operations varying from film reloading and lens swapping.

Konica Wai Wai Technical Specs:

  • Film format: 35mm film
  • Material: Plastic
  • Lens: 17mm
  • Viewfinder: Direct optical viewfinder
  • Flash: Yes
  • Focusing: Fixed
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec

Check out these photos taken with the Konica Wai Wai by our community members:

Credits: paul927927, briansklau, sylviamai & ashes
Credits: mayday32123, briansklau, philiuzion, superlighter, crispop, ashes & paul927927

All information used in this article were sourced from Moominsean Blog, Filmwasters, and a Lomography Review by eva_eva.

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written by cheeo on 2014-08-13 in #reviews

2 Comments

  1. akula
    akula ·

    Cool camera indeed.

  2. chilledvondub
    chilledvondub ·

    get similar results to the Vivitar UW&S heavy vignetting and soft focus in the corners but punchy and strong in the centre! Interesting little camera indeed

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